This Saturday, November 15th the doors of the Congregational Chapel will open for the Christmas Fair at 9:00 a.m. Do not let the push of the crowd flurry you along to the Jewelry Table, without first stopping to smell the fresh greens that make up wreaths, container gardens, topiary arrangements, and doors hangings. Do not forget to pack your cookie tins early when the assortments are varied and available. Remember to buy two tins – – one to open for Thanksgiving after the big meal, and the second, for your freezer, to be brought out at Christmas to acclaims, “Oh! You shouldn’t have gone to all this trouble.” (We never tell!)
There are, of course, the homemade baked goods, the handmade crafts, the new items for you to ‘regift’, the Book Room (bibliophiles welcome), the Children’s Room, the visit from Santa (for the young + young at heart), the fresh New England lunch, and the meeting of neighbors and friends in the hallways.
We all know the dangers of the “White Elephant Room” – we send boxes of dusty knickknacks down so our children can pay $ .50 a bag at the end of the day and bring it back home to us. The 19th century New England adage, “Where do you go to get $10 of baked goods for a dollar and a dollar’s worth of junk for $10? … the Christmas Fair!” still holds its charm. One thing is certain, there is no better way to start the holiday season than an old fashion New England Christmas Fair.
Rev. John Hughes